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Computational Science is widely recognized as a critical means to solving many of today’s most challenging problems.  The analysis and knowledge gained from working with the incredible data explosion produced by massive experiments, observations and computer generated models is leading to solutions at an unimagined pace. Data-Intensive discovery (the fourth paradigm of scientific research), and Multi Scale Interdisciplinary  approaches are becoming more prevalent in the way that Science and Engineering is generating...

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A Look Back at Our History: The CCS 10-Year Report (2007-2017)

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A Look Back at Our History: The CCS 10-Year Report (2007-2017)

The University of Miami Center for Computational Science (CCS) proudly celebrates 10 years of projects and collaborations . . . Thank you to all who shared in this journey.  

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Notification: CCS Storage System Maintenance Begins 7/3 at 7 AM

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Notification:  CCS Storage System Maintenance Begins 7/3 at 7 AM

From 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM on Tuesday July 3rd, storage systems for the Pegasus compute cluster, Apollo, and VISX will undergo hardware maintenance. During this maintenance period, Pegasus batch execution and login nodes will be unavailable—as will the gateway (gw.ccs.miami.edu), Apollo, and VISX systems. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We will send out an all clear message once the work is done. As always, if you have any questions or problems, please contact us by sending email to: hpc@ccs.miami.edu....

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VizUM Visualization Competition Deadline Extended to 7/23/2018

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VizUM Visualization Competition Deadline Extended to 7/23/2018

Your City, Your Neighborhood, and You Visualization for Civic Engagement  |   Registration Form For questions regarding the contest, please don’t hesitate to email vizum@miami.edu.   Objective and Overview The goal of this competition is to challenge designers, journalists, data scientists, statisticians, and professionals and scholars in any other field to design either: • A data visualization essay, story, or infographic based on publicly available data about Miami, or • An exploratory data visualization. These are a few examples of “infographics” and stories told through graphs, charts, and maps, either static or interactive: Population change in Brazil | Driving times to abortion clinics | Failure Factories And these are examples of exploratory data visualizations, intended to let the public analyze complex data at will, through menus, filters, etc.: DimStiller | MizBee | LineUp Data is transforming many areas of our lives. Industries that have not historically relied on data are now increasingly interested in capitalizing on it. No matter which path you plan to pursue, data manipulation, analysis, visualization, and communication skills will give you a competitive advantage. For these reasons, we felt it was important to provide an opportunity to our community to participate in the data revolution, though the vehicle of our annual VizUM Symposium. We see the VizUM Visualization competition as an opportunity for you to learn new skills, create beautiful pieces that you can add to your portfolio, and increase public understanding about relevant issues. The first annual VizUM competition calls all city dwellers to dive deep into data shared by Miami-Dade County and produce visual products—either visual stories or exploratory visualizations—that speak to their fellow citizens, calling their attention to topics that matter, and call them to action. We have specifically and deliberately designed this competition so that you don’t have to be a visualization wizard to enter, and you have a reasonable chance of becoming a finalist!   What’s in it for you? •  You may want to use this competition as an opportunity to teach yourself how to use a new tool or learn a programming language. •  You may want to use this competition because you know that you are the best, and you have your eye on one of the prizes. •  You may want to use this competition to call your fellow citizens to action on an issue that is important to you, because you want to make a difference. No matter what your motivation is, welcome!   Data You must use datasets from at least one of the following three sources: •  Miami-Dade County’s Open Data Portal •  Miami-Dade County’s GIS Data Library •  City of Miami Building Permits Data •  City of Miami Open Data Portal (beta / includes budget and permit data) We will refer to this as your « city or county » dataset. You may combine the city or county datasets that you choose with any other open data that you can find, such as Census Bureau data, Google Trends/search data, Twitter or other social network data, data from the State of Florida, the U.S. Federal Goverment Open Data Portal, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Data Retrieval System, or data from the World Council on City Data Open Data Portal. We will refer to this as...

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Smart Cities featured at Inaugural World Innovation & Entrepreneurship Expo

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Smart Cities featured at Inaugural World Innovation & Entrepreneurship Expo

UM School of Architecture Dean and CCS Smart Cities program director Rodolphe el-Khoury reported in from the inaugural WIEE  World Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expo 2018 in Shanghai:  "It turned out to be quite a good event and forum. UM was very visible, billed as 'founding partner,' and in great international company—MIT, Syracuse, UC San Diego, Aalto University, Tongji University, etc." Dean el-Khoury shared a few images of the conference and expo site, including UM’s container/exhibition, which showcased the collaborative work of SoA and CCS. This display will be open to the public for one year.  He also reported that Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez made a cameo appearance with a video message in which he offered to host the event in 2020. Conversations for potentially interesting research projects and partnerships with Tongji, MIT Media Lab, and other institutions were initiated. Read more at U News & Events . . ....

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Computational Methods Journal Club Meeting + Happy Hour 5/4/18

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Computational Methods Journal Club Meeting + Happy Hour 5/4/18

CCS Student Mentors Computational Methods Journal Club Meeting + Happy Hour 5/4/18 Regardless of your specialization, you are increasingly expected to be able to use computational methods to analyze data, or to run a computational experiment. CCS Student Mentors provide support in these computational pursuits. Join our new recurring computational methods journal club, where CCS Student Mentors will be presenting both seminal and cutting-edge papers on computational methods for the analysis of biomedical, marine, biological, social, etc., data. Many of the algorithms that we use are common across disciplines, therefore, all journal club sessions are open to all students, regardless of program, school, or department. (The journal club paper will be circulated closer to the date.) CCS Student Mentor Presenter:  Ashley Beecham Human Genetics & Genomics Open Meeting  5/4/18 • 4-5pm  |  Followed by Happy Hour RSVP UM  MEDICAL CAMPUS  Lois Pope Life Center, 2nd floor Library, 1095 NW 14th Terrace, Miami 33136   Directions | Parking  ...

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VizUM Visualization Competition Analysis & Prototype Checkpoint 5/8/2018

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VizUM Visualization Competition Analysis & Prototype Checkpoint 5/8/2018

Analysis & Prototype Checkpoint | Please RSVP Tuesday, May 8, 2018  |  4:00-6:00 PM Gables One Tower, Training Room 639 Checkpoint #2, the "Analysis & Prototype Checkpoint",  will give you the opportunity to get feedback on your project from the Organizing Committee. It's also an excellent opportunity to meet the other participants!  The gathering will take place at the Center for Computational Science, at 1320 S Dixie Highway, in Training Room 639 (turn left off the elevators and it's on the right).   Organizing Committee Members • Alberto Cairo PhD, Professor of Professional Practice / Knight Chair in Visual Journalism | UM School of Communication • Maria Galli Stampino PhD, Professor of French and Italian | College of Arts & Sciences • Mahsa Mirazargar PhD, Assistant Professor | Department of Computer Science | UM College of Arts & Sciences • Athina Hadjixenofontos PhD, Director of Engagement | UM Center for Computational Science   For questions regarding the contest, please don’t hesitate to email...

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3nd Annual BIG DATA Conference & Workshop 12/6-7/18

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3nd Annual BIG DATA Conference & Workshop 12/6-7/18

SAVE THE DATES:  Thursday and Friday, December 6th and 7th, 2018, for the 3rd annual Big Data Conference & Workshop. For years, global companies like Airbnb, MasterCard, and Fitbit have used Big Data to better understand the dynamic landscape of business and consumer engagement. And, locally, in south Florida, the trending topic of Big Data continues to push business leaders toward the incorporation and understanding of advanced computing and algorithms to effectively improve current functionality and growth.   • CONFERENCE Thursday 12/6 The Big Data Conference offers valuable insights from business leaders. At CCS, experts are constantly engaged with data scientists around the world to remain at the forefront of the rapidly changing and profoundly impactful use of data as an advantage over their competitors. Each year, the Big Data Conference panelists are a cross-section of leaders at the top of their fields. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's Panelists and Keynote Speaker . . . (pictured below is 2017 Keynote Speaker Daniel Cohen of MasterCard).     • WORKSHOP Friday 12/7 In addition to conducting research, CCS partners with local business leaders to understand the importance and opportunity that Big Data can bring to their marketing and business goals. The hands-on Day 2 Big Data Workshop encourages business leaders to dive into the data. CCS provides opportunities to connect with individuals working in similar fields, and to incorporate or expand upon the use of big data in your business. The Workshop will be driven by the types of problems that you are looking to solve, and will offer an examination on the processes that the data need to go through from database to insight. We'll examine your infrastructure needs both in terms of storage and computing power, and we'll offer caveats and limitations of data analyses, and more.  ...

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Ben Kirtman Honored with Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity

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Ben Kirtman Honored with Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity

  The recipients of the 2018 Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity are a gastroenterologist whose research could lead to better ways to treat inflammatory bowel disease, a physician-scientist dedicated to finding a cure for kidney diseases, a mathematician considered one of the foremost algebraic geometers of his generation, and an atmospheric scientist who studies the predictability of climate. Honored last week by Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jeffrey Duerk, Vice Provost David Birnbach, and Vice Provost for Research John Bixby during a ceremony in the UM Fieldhouse at the Watsco Center, were: Maria T. Abreu, professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology, and director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at the Miller School of Medicine Alessia Fornoni, professor of medicine and molecular and cellular pharmacology at the Miller School of Medicine, and chief of the Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension Ludmil Katzarkov, professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences Ben Kirtman, professor of atmospheric sciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, director of CIMAS (Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies), and CCS program director of Climate and Environmental Hazards   Also honored were three recipients of the Provost’s Funding Award and 41 recipients of the Provost’s Research Awards. The annual Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity recognizes UM faculty who have demonstrated excellence in research by either a single unique achievement or years of high-quality scholarly productivity. Nominated by their deans and selected by a committee composed of previous awardees, this year’s recipients all have sustained research accomplishments in their respective fields.   Maria T. Abreu, MD Abreu is dedicated to the study of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. Her research has focused on several clinically relevant aspects of host-bacterial interactions. Specifically, Abreu’s laboratory has identified a central role for toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in human colitis-associated cancer and certain sporadic colon cancers. Patients with ulcerative colitis are at increased risk for developing colon cancer. Abreu has demonstrated that TLR4 acts as an oncogene in the intestine and can activate β-catenin, a central mechanism in colon cancer. This was a seminal observation that highlighted the intersection between innate immune signaling and tumorigenesis and offers opportunities for clinical intervention. Since her initial description, many investigators have explored the contribution of innate immune signaling in various cancers. Abreu’s most recent research interests relate to understanding what causes IBD in Hispanic immigrants to South Florida. Her group is using the rapid rise in IBD incidence in immigrants from Latin America as a window into what the environmental, dietary, and microbial triggers may be for IBD more broadly.   Alessia Fornini, MD, PhD Fornoni has maintained a focused research program that has provided novel and seminal contributions to our understanding of the pathogenesis of kidney disease. Through her pioneering work on insulin signaling, cholesterol metabolism, and sphingolipid-related pathways, Fornoni uncovered novel pathogenetic mechanisms and therapeutic approaches for glomerular disorders. Her internationally recognized research findings, which are now being translated into humans with novel therapeutic applications, have challenged existing paradigms and dramatically altered the research direction in these areas. She also invented a cell-based assay that is currently being utilized for high content screening of drug libraries and for the stratification of patients with kidney disease. Fornoni, who is...

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(not so) Odd Pairings: UM SEEDS Symposium 4/19/2018

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(not so) Odd Pairings: UM SEEDS Symposium 4/19/2018

"(not so) Odd Pairings"   A UM SEEDS Program Symposium Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 11:00 AM-3:00 PM   Hybrid individuals, who have computational skills in their toolbox in addition to their domain skills and interests, will likely have a larger role to play in creating the next technological innovations. The Odd Pairings symposium for graduate and undergraduate students is designed as a deep dive into interdisciplinary pairings between a number of disciplines and computational science. This symposium is one step towards integrating interdisciplinary skills deeper into our academic environment and making them part of our culture. The symposium will begin with a keynote address by John Rothenberg from Sosolimited who will represent the (not so) odd pairing between art and computer science, framing interdisciplinarity as something closely intertwined with creativity, and challenging assumptions about who can use programming. The keynote address will be followed by a panel of UM faculty representing additional, diverse examples of interdisciplinary pairings. The symposium will conclude with break-out mentoring sessions for students to connect with each of the panelists and the invited speaker. All students, regardless of discipline, department, school, or college, are welcome.   Agenda 11 AM-12 PM   Keynote Address—John Rothenberg, SoSoLimited 12-12:30 PM    Lunch and Networking—Lunch will be provided. 12:30-3 PM     Small Group Mentoring—UM Faculty/Invited Speaker Location Shalala Student Center Complex, Activities Room North 1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146   RSVP seedsyouchoose17.eventbrite.com                       SEEDS (A Seed for Success) is a UM-wide program that covers all disciplines across all three campuses. SEEDS supports diversity and career development using a policy of inclusion to create and foster an interactive and highly effective UM-wide community. SEEDS leaders in each school interact with their constituencies to assess needs and develop solutions.   as.miami.edu/seeds        ...

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Join us for the CCS Fellows Spring Symposium 4/26/2018

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Join us for the CCS Fellows Spring Symposium 4/26/2018

The vision of the Center for Computational Science’s “CCS Fellows Program” is to inspire a new generation of leaders in computational science to cross the traditional boundaries between disciplines, by equipping them with new cross-disciplinary skills and experience. The Program does this by offering mentorship outside the students’ area of expertise. “CCS Fellow” is a prestigious designation awarded to two undergraduate students and two graduate students per year. Join us on Thursday, April 26, 2018, 3:00-5:00 PM at the Abess Center (Ungar 230C-D) for the 2017-2018 CCS Fellows' concluding project presentations. This event is free and open to interested UM Faculty/Staff/Students.  Refreshments will be served.   LOCATION The Leonard and Jane Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, Room 230C-D, in the Arthur A. Ungar  Building, 1365 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.  |  Map + Directions   Meet the CCS Fellows:   Hanjing Dai Advisor   Brian Haus, PhD | Department of Ocean Sciences CCS Mentor  Shahriar Negahdaripour, PhD | Electrical & Computer Engineering Project  Image Rectification for Polarimetric Slope Sensing Data Bio  Hanjing is a first-year Ph.D student working under the supervision of Dr. Brian Haus at the Division of Applied Marine Physics, University of Miami. She received her M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2015 from HKUST. Her research interests focus on both fluid dynamics and morphology in coastal regions, by using laboratory and mathematical models she hopes to investigate the realistic evolution of the coastal environment. Hanjing does research in Civil Engineering, Ocean Engineering, and Remote Sensing. Matt Grossi Advisor   Tamay Özgökmen, PhD | Department of Ocean Sciences CCS Mentor  Miroslav Kubat, PhD | Electrical & Computer Engineering Project  Predicting Ocean Dispersion Using Neural Networks Bio  Matt Grossi is a PhD student in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). He is working with Dr. Tamay Özgökmen and the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) towards understanding and predicting how spilled oil gets transported in the ocean using field observations, hydrodynamic models, and, as a CCS Fellow, neural networks. Matt holds a B.S. in Physical Oceanography with a minor in Meteorology from Florida Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Delaware. Before coming to the University of Miami, he worked in the Ocean Observation Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) where he oversaw underwater glider operations and maintained a regional network of high-frequency (HF) radar sites for monitoring coastal ocean surface currents in near real time. Thomas McCauley Advisor   Michael Mcullough, PhD | Department of Psychology CCS Mentor  Kamal Premarathe, PhD | Electrical & Computer Engineering Project  Properties of Network Models in Social Psychology Bio  Thomas graduated with a B.S. in psychology from the University of Delaware in 2014, and an M.A. in experimental psychology from the College of William & Mary in 2017.  He joined the EHB lab in fall of 2017, with the aim of pursuing questions pertaining to the evolved psychological mechanisms underlying cooperation, punishment, emotion, and morality. His goal is to understand how these mechanisms interact with enduring ecological features by identifying points of variance and invariance in their function across diverse societies. He's also interested in statistics, experimental methodology, reproducibility in psychological science, and meta-science. Sathvik Palakurti Advisor   Michelle Afkami, PhD | Department of Biology CCS Mentor  Neil...

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